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Lion, dragon dances celebrate Chinese new year in Stockholm

02-03-2014 05:36 BJT Special Report:2014 Spring Festival |

STOCKHOLM, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Even the chilly winter rain fails to abate the passion of Swedes and local Chinese to enjoy lion and dragon dances in central Stockholm on Sunday, celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Horse.

Dressed in colorful yet warm coats, joyful kids sat astride on fathers' necks and waved red balloon sticks, so enchanted by the dancing lions and dragons they densely surround. Some, couldn't help swinging their body to the beating rhythm, even under umbrellas.

"We have a world famous collection of art from China and it feels the natural place to celebrate the Chinese New Year," Petri Tigercrona, Program Coordinator told Xinhua.

"We want to connect both the historical China but also China today. So if there is an official celebration of the Chinese New Year, it should be at this museum," said Tigercrona.

Jointly organized by the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities and local Chinese communities, the celebrations have been a routine cultural feast for people of both cultures in Sweden.

"This year is the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Horse, which symbolizes strength, elegance and loyalty," Chinese ambassador to Sweden Chen Yuming addressed the event, saying"in ancient China, good horses are usually analogy of talents."

Highly praising the culture exchanges between the two nations, Chen said: "Nothing brings peoples closer than the charm of culture. It leads to deeper mutual understanding and builds strong friendship."

After the outdoor show, the museum opened its door to all for all kinds of programs, ranging from Chinese ancient arts and antiquities demonstration to Chinese calligraphy show, as well as interactive areas under the culture of the "horse".

In the Dragon family studio, Chinese decorations in classic red, black and gold lightened the whole atmosphere with happiness. Local Swedes actively tried their hands to create their own horses and write characters for horse.

"Every person has some sort of relation to horse, I think. I think it is a very popular animal, very positive, energetic and a lot of power," said Tigercrona.

"It's also something that the Swedish public is interested in, to find out what year they were born and study the list, want to see what year I am, what year you are. That is something that is kind of very concentrated way to get familiar with the Chinese culture," said Tigercrona.

Swede Birgitta was impressed by this year's lion and dragon dances.

"I like it very much, especially with the dragon when so many people holding it. They managed very good I think. The lion, too, was so athletic. Yes, I like it too. " she said.

Seeing people's active participations, the organizer himself seemed to have been impressed.

"It's one of the busiest day of the year at the museum. I hope that people will come here and enjoy themselves to see what's happening outside and also go into the museum to see all the stuff in the collections," said Tigercrona, "that's a good combination of both old and new."


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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